Lynnwood notifies more than 100 employees of possible layoffs

LYNNWOOD — The city this week notified 102 full and part-time employees that they are on a list targeted for possible staff reductions in January.

City department heads met with their staffs Wednesday. The notification is not a layoff notice, officials said.

“As a courtesy, we want you to know as soon as possible that your position is at risk of reduction as of January of 2011,” the notice to employees said. “If the decision is made to reduce your position, you will receive a separate formal layoff notice 30 days in advance of the effective date of the layoff.”

Interim Finance Director Patrick Dugan said Thursday layoffs are a virtual certainty.

“It’s unlikely we’re going to be able to avoid layoffs of staff and probably a very significant number,” he said.

The city’s estimating it will need $107.3 million to maintain existing levels of service in 2011 and 2012 but expects to bring in $87.3 million in revenues —a $20 million gap, Dugan said.

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